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UPDATE: Looking for West Coast Wildflowers? Here’s Where You’ll Find Them

UPDATE: Looking for West Coast Wildflowers? Here’s Where You’ll Find Them

This story was first published on 30 July 2019 and was updated on 26 September.

It’s that time of year when we go wildflower spotting and with the help of West Coast Tourism, we know just where to find them.

There’s been a lot of rain in the Western Cape of late and West Coast Tourism says this bodes well for wildflower season. Here’s the latest West Coast wildflower update…

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Some important things to note:

Cederberg

Elandsbaai

Where?

  • All around town and the mountain
  • On the R366 towards Redelinghuys

What types of flowers?

Purple vygies and Stinkruik

How many?

Patches all throughout the open areas and fields.

Lambert’s Bay

Where?

  • In and around town and open fields
  • On the R365 past Muisbosskerm
  • Steenbokfontein farm
  • On the R364 towards Clanwilliam
  • All the way down the R366 to Elandsbaai
  • Up towards Doringbaai
  • Up towards Heerenlogement – Graafwater to Lambert’s Bay

What types of flowers?

Purple vygies and Stinkruik

How many?

Patches all throughout the open areas and fields.

Namaqua West Coast Region

According to West Coast Tourism, a hot easterly wind shortened the lifespan of the flowers in the Namaqua West Coast region.

Peninsula Region

Hopefield

Where?

  • In town on vacant plots
  • Next to Soutriver in town
  • Plaasmol (R45) 5km outside Hopefield
  • Next to Library
  • At Hopefield Fynbos Park

What types of flowers?

White Reënblommetjies (Daisies), Orange Gousblomme, yellow Bobbejaantjie, pink en yellow Surings, yellow Babiana Odoratas (in full flower), Hermannias, Babiana Eanas, Nemesias, Cysticapnos – Vesicaria, Bokhoringtjies and Cotula turbinata.

How many?

Few

Jacobsbaai

Where?

Jacobsbaai Area

What types of flowers?

Kleinkruid, Soetkop dikblaar, Ossierrapuis, Reënblommetjies, Gousblommetjies, Suring, Bokbaaivygie and Cotula turbinata.

How many?

Few

Langebaan

Where?

  • Langebaan Area/West Coast National Park
  • Thali Thali game reserve park
  • Fields
  • West Coast Fossil Park

What types of flowers?

White, orange, purple and yellow daisies.

How many?

Few

Paternoster

Where?

  • Paternoster Area
  • On smallholding Pelgrimsrust before entering town
  • Bekbaai
  • Cape Columbine Nature Reserve
  • On open plots in the town

What types of flowers?

Surings, White Rain Daisy (patches), Veld Cineraria (huge patches), Kattekruie (few), Elandsvy (patches), Pietsnot (patches), Bobbejaankool, Bokbaai Vygie, Sand Viooltjie, Bruinsalie and Poprosies.

How many?

Few

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Saldanha

Where?

Saldanha Area / SAS Saldanha Nature Reserve

What types of flowers?

White Rain Daisies, Gousblom, Suring, Piempiempies, Saldanha Piempie, Cotula turbinate and Varkblom (in patches).

How many?

Few

St Helena Bay

Where?

  • Main Road
  • Britannia Bay
  • Duyker Eiland
  • Da Gama Monument

What types of flowers?

Reenblommetjie (Dimorphotheca pluvialis), gousblom (Arctotis hirsuta), sandveld gousblom (Arctotis breviscapa), baster suuring (Oxalis compressa), pietsnot (Grielum humifusum), Cotula turbinate and Varkblom.

Britannica Heights

What types of flowers?

Bietou (Chrysanthemoides monilifera), kapokbossie (Eriocephalus africanus) and Cotula turbinata.

Shelley Point

What types of flowers?

Kruipvygie (Jordaaniell dubia), bokbaai vygie (Dorotheanthus bellidiformis) and Cotula turbinata

How many?

Few

Vredenburg

Where?

  • R45 exits from town towards Paternoster, Saldanha and Velddrif

Type of flowers:

Gousblomme (Orange and Yellow), White Rain Daisy, Surings, Cotula turbinate and Varkblom.

How many flowers:

Few

West Coast Fossil Park

Location of flowers:

  • Langebaanweg (R45) and West Coast Fossil Park Area

What types of flowers?

Thony vygie, Cape Daisy, Desert Primrose, White Rain Daisy, Orange Gousblomme, Geel surings, Veldkool, Koringblommtjie, Vygies, Drumsticks, Baster suring, Pietsnot, Veld Cineraria, Cotula turbinate and Varkblom.

How many?

Few

Swartland Region

Darling

Where?

  • Alon the gravel road to Cloof, just off the R315 to Malmesbury
  • Darling Renosterveld Reserve behind the Darling Primary School
  • Waylands Reserve and the rad through the reserve (the R307 to Mamre) is a good spot
  • Duckitt Nurseries Wildflower Reserve
  • Groote Post Wine Estate

What types of flowers?

Arums, white rain daisies (dimorphotheca pluvialus), pajama bush (lobostemon fruticosus), pink and yellow oxalis, early blue flax, babiana, gladiolus, moreae, moederkappie (Pterygodium alatum), magriet (Ursinia anthemoides); pink vygies; Dipidax (wurmbea stricta), Blou pypies, gousblom (Arctotis), witring kelkiewyn (Geissorhiza), poublom (Spiloxene), Babiana Nana, Moreae tricolor, Gladiolus carinatas and nemesias.

How many?

Patches

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Yzerfontein

Where?

  • The entrance to the town off the R27 West Coast Road to Yzerfontein
  • The trail to Schaap Island
  • On the walkway up to Swemgat
  • The Demo Garden in Yzerfontein
  • Communal areas and in open gardens as well as the rocky areas.

What types of flowers will you find?

Orange Gousblom (Arctotis hirguta), kalk boegoe (Agathosma Thymifolia), heniungboegoe (Agathosma Lanceolata), Bobbejaantjie (Babiana Nana), kopieva (Bulbine Annuei), Elands Vy (Carpobrotus Quadrifidus), Bokbaaivygie (Dorotheanthus Bellidiformis), Reen blommetjie (Dimorphotheca Plluvialis), Spinnekopblom (Ferraria Crispa), Poproos (Hermannia Scabra), Skilpadkos (Hyobanche Sanguinea), Indegofera Platypoda, Skilpadbos (Muraltia Harveyana), Nemesia Affinis, tamarak/slymstok (Ornithogalum Flaccidum), pers opslag (Phyllopodium Phyllopodioides), groen gogga (Pterygodium Volucris), Duinesybas (Robsonodendron Maritimum), veldcineraria (Senecia Elegans), Kattekruie (Stachys Aethiopica), Drumsticks (Zaluzianskya Villosa) and Spekbos (Zygophyllum flexuosa).

How many?

Fields

Top tip: Yzerfontein’s wildflowers usually bloom much later in the season in comparison to the surrounding areas. 

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